Arts briefs for March 14

New exhibition at TOSH in Qualicum Beach, Art in Action registration now open

Registration  now open for Art in Action

Registration for the 2017 Art in Action fair at TOSH is now open.

The sixth annual fair is the same day as the Grand Prix d’Art painting race on Saturday, July 22.

Registration can be done in person at TOSH or by phone (250-752-6133) or by mail or email.

Art in Action fair hosts a variety of diverse disciplines such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, calligraphy, textiles and woodwork.

Stall spaces are 10-by-10 feet for $40. Spaces will be allotted on a first-come basis.

Set up begins as 8 a.m. in the parking lot beside the bus garage and artists must supply their own tent, tables and chairs.

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What’s hanging at TOSH

More than a dozen Gabriola Island artists will be displaying their work at The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre.

The exhibition runs from now until March 30 with an opening reception tomorrow (March 15) at 2 p.m.

The artists are: Lottie Anderson, Lesley Comassar, Deborah Dallyn, Antoinette Herivel, Marcelle, Joy Olsen, Robert Sears, Carolyn Bell, David Coe, Nicholas Halpin, Mary Jane Jessen, Laurie MacBride, John Poirier, Gwen Spinks, Sheila Norgate, Chris Straw and Zulis Yalte.

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Handmade book course offered at the MAC

Want to have fun putting together a personal storyline?

This six-week course allows people to create a series of small and varied book styles which then can be used for their own verbal and visual storyline.

The course runs Mondays from April 24 to June 5 at the McMillan Arts Centre (133 McMillan St., Parksville) from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The cost for the classes is $160.There is a $20 discount if people register before April 1.

All materials and supplies are provided and specific directions given for each of the six different handmade book styles. Come with a storyline/journal idea or let one evolve spontaneously throughout the bookmaking process.

Visual samples are provided.

People can draw or paint their way through a personal storyline and share with family and friends. The finished product can make a great gift or keepsake treasure.

To register, email or call 250-586-4319.

For more information, contact the MAC at 250-248-8185.

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Volunteer opportunities at Milner Gardens

Volunteer Opportunity Day is Sunday March 19 from 1-3 p.m. at Milner Gardens and Woodland (2179 W. Island Hwy., Qualicum Beach).

People can drop in to the event.

Experienced volunteers and staff will be on hand to welcome anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at Milner Gardens. There are opportunities for many areas of interest.

For more information, visit

Submitted by Milner Gardens